WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards came into the season aiming for 50 wins. They finished with 50 losses.
There was poor play. There was little defense. There was the embarrassing...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Walt Lemon Jr. has seen much of the world during his professional basketball career. It has taken him to Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Greece and to the G League.
Beal scores 40 points, Wizards beat Grizzlies 135-128
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal said he spent a restless night after the Washington Wizards lost a key conference game.
After Saturday's effort, he was bound to sleep well.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Portis' shooting touch returned Sunday and the Washington Wizards picked up a win.
Portis had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Wizards beat the Minnesota...
Siakam scores career-best 44, Raptors beat Wizards 129-120
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam isn't pleased to be taking it easy over All-Star weekend and took out his frustration Wednesday night.
Siakam scored a career-high 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a career-best 22 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 129-120 for their sixth straight win.
"If he keeps playing like this, he's a 2020 All-Star," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Siakam.
Green’s late basket lifts Wizards past Magic 95-91
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Green and the Washington Wizards used their 3-point game to beat the Orlando Magic.
Green shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range and finished with 24 points as the Wizards defeated the Magic 95-91 Friday night.
Green, who made less than 28 percent of his threes in 69 games with the Magic two years ago, finished with a season high in points.
Knicks’ last-second goaltend gives Wizards win in London
LONDON (AP) — When Bradley Beal felt his legs go out beneath him, likely ending his chances of scoring the go-ahead basket for the Washington Wizards, he spotted Thomas Bryant standing alone in the lane.
Beal dropped the ball off to Bryant, who was awarded two points after Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on his layup attempt with 0.4 seconds remaining, and the Wizards claimed a 101-100 victory over the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena on Thursday night.
Beal scores 25; Wizards top Thunder 116-98
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Washington coach Scott Brooks thinks his team delivered one of its best performances of the season on Sunday night.
That's what it took for the Wizards to finally win in Oklahoma City.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Washington won 116-98, beating the Thunder franchise on the road for the first time since it was still based in Seattle.
Wizards say John Wall will have season-ending surgery
Washington point guard John Wall will have season-ending surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel, the latest blow to the reeling Wizards.
The Wizards announced Saturday night that the five-time All-Star will undergo the surgery in Green Bay, Wisconsin sometime in the next few days. Wall was told earlier Saturday that surgery was the best option, and he and the team conferred hours later before a final decision was made.
Wizards’ John Wall out with heel injury, will see specialist
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall is out for the Washington Wizards' game Friday night against Chicago due to a left heel injury, and coach Scott Brooks says the point guard will see a specialist.
Brooks would not speculate on the severity of the injury. He says Wall has managed an issue with his heel for years and "it comes and goes."
Wall is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game. He missed a game with an injury to his heel Dec. 10.
Wizards’ Wall out vs. Phoenix due to flu-like symptoms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is missing Saturday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of flu-like symptoms.
Wall was ruled out shortly before the 7 p.m. tipoff. He did not participate in Washington's morning shootaround.
Tomas Satoransky is starting in place of the five-time All Star. Forward Markieff Morris also is dealing with an illness but will play, according to coach Scott Brooks.
Wall to miss Wizards’ game at Indiana with injured heel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star guard John Wall will miss the Washington Wizards' game Monday night at Indiana with bone spurs in his left heel.
Coach Scott Brooks has not said how much more time, if any, Wall might miss. He will be replaced in the lineup by Austin Rivers.
Wall sat out Wednesday's victory at Atlanta, returned to action in Saturday's loss at Cleveland and scored one point — a career low. He is averaging 20.4 points and 8.3 assists.
Beal scores 27, Wizards hold on to beat Knicks 110-107
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Beal felt at home at Madison Square Garden, and for good reason given the Wizards' recent history there.
Beal finished with 27 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 off the bench as Washington beat the Knicks in New York for the ninth straight time, 110-107 on Monday night.
Wall, Beal, Green help Wizards rally past Clippers 125-118
WASHINGTON (AP) — There has been a lot of negativity around the struggling Washington Wizards in recent days. When they fell behind the Los Angeles Clippers by 24 points midway in the second quarter, the Wizards didn't fall apart again. Instead, they rallied for their biggest win of the season.
John Wall scored 30 points, Bradley Beal had 27 and Jeff Green added 20 as Washington wore down the Clippers 125-118 on Tuesday night.
Wizards’ Dwight Howard out vs. Clippers with glute injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard is sitting out Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a gluteal injury.
Howard, who missed the first seven games of the season with the injury, left Sunday's game against Portland in the second quarter when he aggravated the injury.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks says he hopes Howard will be able to play in Friday's game at Toronto.
Wizards run away in the fourth, top Heat 116-110
MIAMI (AP) — John Wall and Austin Rivers have seen more than enough losing lately.
So they decided to do something about it.
Wall scored 28 points, he and Rivers each scored 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter and the Washington Wizards got a much-needed win by topping the Miami Heat 116-110 on Saturday night. The Wizards opened the fourth on a 31-12 run, with Wall and Rivers fueling most of that effort.
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Wall, Beal help Wizards snap 5-game skid, top Knicks 108-95
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards entered their game against the New York Knicks with the NBA's worst defense and mired in a five-game losing streak. In eight games, the Wizards had given up an average of nearly 124 points.
That led Washington coach Scott Brooks to make a wry observation: "We're leading a lot of the categories in the wrong way."
Things turned around on Sunday as John Wall scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22 and the Wizards defeated the Knicks 108-95.
With NBA’s worst D, other issues, Wall’s Wizards start 1-7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Brooks knows he needs to try something to change the way things are going for his Washington Wizards. The problems are so plentiful, the coach just is not quite sure what to do.
All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal lead the Wizards into their game against the visiting New York Knicks on Sunday with a 1-7 record, including 0-3 at home, and five consecutive losses overall.
Westbrook’s 23 lead surging OKC past struggling Wiz 134-111
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder and John Wall's Washington Wizards both got off to poor starts to the season.
Westbrook and Co. turned things around quickly. Wall's Wizards have not.
The Thunder have gone from 0-4 to 4-4, picking up their fourth consecutive victory by beating the struggling, booed-at-home Wizards 134-111 behind Westbrook's 23 points and 12 assists Friday night.
Dwight Howard scheduled to start, make Wizards debut vs OKC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dwight Howard is scheduled to make his Washington Wizards debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks says his team's new center practiced Thursday and will start against visiting Oklahoma City.
The Wizards are off to a 1-6 start without Howard. He missed all of training camp, the preseason and the first seven games of the regular season because of a sore backside.
Dwight Howard sits out Wizards’ opener with sore buttocks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dwight Howard sat out the Washington Wizards' season opener Thursday night with what the team said is a sore buttocks.
Washington's new starting center missed all of training camp and the entire exhibition schedule. He did not participate in any practices at all until Monday.
Coach Scott Brooks said before the Wizards hosted the Miami Heat that Ian Mahinmi would replace Howard in the lineup for Game 1.
WNBA All-Star Toliver hired by NBA’s Wizards as assistant
WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver will be an assistant coach for player development for the NBA's Washington Wizards this season.
Toliver's job was one of several changes to coach Scott Brooks' staff announced by the Wizards on Tuesday, two days before they host the Miami Heat to open the season.
Wizards add Dwight Howard, coach wants team to stop talking
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of the changes Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks wants to see John Wall, Bradley Beal and other players implement this season with an eye to finally making a deep playoff run, the most important might have nothing do with better shot selection or a more concerted effort on defense or taking every opponent seriously.
Dwight Howard’s back problems delaying his Wizards debut
Dwight Howard's first preseason with the Washington Wizards is apparently over before it started.
Howard needs an injection to alleviate pain in his back, and Washington coach Scott Brooks said that the eight-time All-Star has hopes of being back on the court by early next week.
Dwight Howard could miss start of Wizards camp with bad back
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dwight Howard joked Monday about the sore back that's expected to keep him out for the start of training camp with the Washington Wizards.
Coach Scott Brooks downplayed the significance of the injury, too. Still, it's not ideal that the team needs to put off incorporating its one offseason addition to the starting lineup.
Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Forward Otto Porter Jr. missed a must-win Game 6 for the Washington Wizards in their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night because of an injured left leg.
"It's hard on him," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "It's hard on all of us."
Wizards forward Otto Porter will miss the remainder of the Washington's first-round series against the Toronto Raptors after undergoing a lower leg fasciotomy, the team announced.
The news is damaging to the Wizards, who trail 3-2 in the series and face elimination with a loss Friday.
Facing elimination, the Washington Wizards could be without forward Otto Porter for Game 6 on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.
Coach Scott Brooks described Porter as "banged up" Thursday with a lower leg injury, on the outside of his calf. Brooks did not know if Porter needed an MRI, and said he was still awaiting a further update from doctors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three weeks ago, Ty Lawson was playing professional basketball in China.
Nowadays, he's one of the first subs off the bench for the Washington Wizards in their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
The ball would bounce on the floor at the start of each Wizards possession before Ty Lawson picked it up. In the few seconds between, the veteran point guard would look toward the bench at coach Scott Brooks.
Id tell Otto (Porter) to let it bounce so I could ask coach what to run, Lawson said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks knew John Wall would be back to his explosive, elite self for the playoffs when the All-Star point guard was able to play 38 minutes in a regular-season loss at Cleveland.
Fear, doubt and uncertainty were in the air Friday night as the Wizards resumed their first-round playoff series against top-seeded Toronto at Capital One Arena. Nothing over the course of two games across the border instilled much confidence among Washington's fan base that a turnaround was ahead.
In between Games 2 and 3, Bradley Beal and John Wall met with coach Scott Brooks and the tone of the meeting was clear to the Wizards guards.
Get Beal the ball.
Through two games, the Toronto Raptors had effectively neutralized Beal, who said Brooks apologized during the meeting for not getting him more involved in the offense. Brooks disputed he gave an apology, saying he was just trying to hold everyone accountable, including himself.
For all the changes the Wizards can make to snap out of their recent funk, tweaking the starting lineup will not be one of them.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks downplayed the idea of dramatically altering his starting five, in order to make a statement. Brookss frustration reached a tipping point Friday after a 103-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, telling reporters he needed to find five guys willing to play.
In school, Bradley Beal learned to pick his battles. When his teacher "went off," Beal would gauge whether to interject or to stay silent.
So when Wizards coach Scott Brooks poured through film Sunday, Beal chose the latter.
Typically, it's common for a number of Wizards coaches and players to speak up to help correct errors or teach during a film session. Think of a collaborative workplace, rather than a lecture.
This time, only one voice Brooks' voice could be heard in the lesson.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a while the mantra around the Washington Wizards was: "Everybody eats."
With the regular season winding down, the slumping Wizards are starving.
Taurean Prince scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Wizards 103-97 on Friday night.
Washington, which led by six points in the fourth quarter, dropped its fourth straight game and fell into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden grinned as he jogged past courtside fan and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon after one of his improbable buckets Tuesday night against Washington.
"He said, 'It looked too easy,'" Harden said. "I'm sure he probably felt that same way when he was playing."
Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Wizards.
All-star John Wall returns as Wizards beat Hornets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington coach Scott Brooks was excited to have his "Ferrari" back. Now the Wizards will ride into the playoffs at full strength.
All-star John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists in his first game in two months, Otto Porter Jr. had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and the Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-93 on Saturday to clinch their fourth playoff berth in five seasons.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star point guard John Wall is set to return to the Washington Wizards for the first time in two months.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Saturday that Wall would play later in the day against the Charlotte Hornets.
Wall hasn't played since having surgery on his left knee on Jan. 31. He is averaging 19.4 points and 9.3 assists in 37 games this season.
A funny thing happened to John Wall while he recovered from left knee surgery. The Wizards star lost weight.
"I don't know how it happened because I wasn't able to run," said Wall, who estimated he's down 10-15 pounds.
Wall said he feels better at the lower weight. The 27-year-old All-Star returned to practice Saturday, going through full contact for the first time in nearly eight weeks after having his knee scoped on Jan. 31 and missing the last 26 games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not planning to change his style whatsoever when he returns from his latest knee surgery — whenever that might be.
"I'm just going to be John Wall," he said Monday after the second full-contact practice of his comeback from an operation on Jan. 31. "That's all I know how to do."
Wizards coach Scott Brooks wanted more urgency. Instead, he got more of the same.
A slow start and poor defense doomed the Wizards in a 101-97 loss Sunday to the New York Knicks, with Knicks point guard Trey Burke converting on an "and-1 opportunity" with under a minute left to secure the win.
Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas ahead of March for Our Lives protest
On the eve of Saturday's "March for Our Lives" protest, the Washington Wizards hosted students, parents and teachers Friday from MarjoryStoneman Douglas High School.
Various players, coach Scott Brooks and owner Ted Leonsis met with the group after the team's shootaround.
The Parkland, Florida, residents are in the District to protest gun violence and aim to stop mass shootings in schools. Seventeen people were killed at Stoneman Douglas last month when a shooter opened fire.
BOSTON -- Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks isn't about to shed a tear for the injury-ravaged Boston Celtics anytime soon.
"They still have nine other players, don't they?," said Brooks when asked if he feels sorry for the Celtics. "Any time you're in the NBA, you're competitive enough to be on the team and you're competitive enough to win an NBA game."
Beal scores 34, Wizards beat Celtics 125-124 in 2OT
BOSTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards came back from a big deficit to force one overtime, then outlasted the Boston Celtics in the second OT.
Bradley Beal scored 34 points, including four in the second extra period, and the Wizards rallied from 20 points down to beat the short-handed Celtics 125-124 on Wednesday night.
Bradley Beal: I feel like we haven’t even played our best basketball yet
Following shootaround Tuesday, John Wall's workout began. The Wizards guard worked on his shooting and his footwork, testing his surgically repaired knee by driving for layups.
It has been six weeks since Wall underwent left knee surgery, and he's getting closer to returning. His next major step will be reintroducing contact during practice, which could happen next week. If all goes well, Wall could start playing in games soon after that.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is not entirely sure when All-Star point guard John Wall will return to full-fledged practicing after missing 1½ months so far because of surgery on his left knee.
Brooks also doesn't know how much Wall will get a chance to play before the regular season ends on April 11. But Brooks insisted Tuesday that none of that really matters, so long as Wall eventually does make it back into Washington's lineup.